Author Archives: Pesach Benson

What Passes for “Progress” at the LA Times

A really dumb LA Times staff-ed praises Palestinian unilateralism because their statehood strategy doesn’t hinge on blowing up Israelis. In past decades, Palestinian nationalists thought they had to hijack planes or blow up Israeli civilians in order to attract international attention. Some still do, but moderate leaders are lately discovering that the path to recognition

The Beeb’s Legal Verdict: Israel Guilty as Charged

• The BBC renders its own legal ruling on settlement activity: The settlements are illegal under international law, although Israel disputes this. That definitive wording, in the Beeb’s own voice,  is like definitively stating: The cover up of the Malcolm Balen report is illegal in UK and EU law, although the BBC disputes this. As for the legality

Media Cheat Sheet 11/01/2011

Everything you need to know about today’s media coverage of Israel. Today’s big stories were UNESCO fallout, lingering issues from the recent Gaza rocketfire, and a surprising NY Times op-ed. UNESCO • Now that Palestine is a member of UNESCO, the US has cut funding and Canada is weighing its options. And the Palestinians? They’re already preparing

Media Cheat Sheet 10/31/2011

Everything you need to know about today’s media coverage of Israel. Gaza violence continues to dominate the news, Palestinians get UNESCO membership, Tunisia issues a warrant for Suha Arafat’s arrest, and more. Gaza Heats Up • Good AP snippets: Most of the violence this weekend has been between Israel and Islamic Jihad, an Iranian-backed group

Just What Would We Do Without Mahmoud Abbas?

Asharq al-Awsat and Haaretz confirm Abbas has plans to dismantle the PA, and force Israel to reoccupy the West Bank if there’s no breakthrough in peace talks. Asharq writes: According to this official, the plan has been worked out at the request of president Abbas, and it calls for transferring the health, educational, and tourism

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Media Cheat Sheet 10/30/2011

Everything you need to know about today’s media coverage of Israel. Today’s coverage focused on Gaza rocket fire and Israeli retaliation. Unfortunately, some journos skewed the chronology while others used non-judgmental shorthand giving the impression Israel sparked the fighting. Moshe Ami was buried in Ashkelon after succumbing to shrapnel wounds. Gaza Heats Up • In Ashkelon,

Any Journo Would’ve Interviewed Shalit if Given the Chance

As journalists debate the ethics of the Gilad Shalit interview, Lawrence Pintak, the dean of the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication, calls a spade a spade. He writes in the Columbia Journalism Review: But how many reporters can honestly say that, given the opportunity, they would have turned down the chance to be the first to speak

Media Cheat Sheet 10/27/2011

Everything you need to know about today’s media coverage of Israel. Peace Process • Commenting on Condi Rice’s memoirs, David Ignatius says the Obama administration’s failure to advance the peace process is compounded by the fact that the US could have used Olmert’s proposal as a building block for peace talks. • The Christian Science Monitor has capsule

Red Cross Did Not Examine Gilad Shalit Before Controversial Egyptian Interview

That Egyptian interview with Gilad Shalit took place before any medics had a chance to check his condition. Investigative journalist Richard Behar (Forbes) blows the lid: Last week, I sent an email to the interviewer, Shahira Amin, Egypt’s most famous TV journalist – posted afterwards in a news story. Three days ago, she responded at great

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